Why Accountability is Vital to Your Company and How to Implement It
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Why Accountability is Vital to Your Company and How to Implement It

One of the topics I talk about most with business owners is accountability. Each situation is different, but rarely do I have a client that doesn’t struggle with accountability at some point over the course of owning their business. One client right now has run a very successful company for over 48 years. But when…

4 Ways to Increase Profitability
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4 Ways to Increase Profitability

Business owners dream of growing their business and making it the best it can be, but oftentimes they struggle to follow a unified strategy to get there. They’re unsure which areas to focus on to have the biggest impact and are left confused and frustrated.  Profitability, not profit, is a key ingredient to a successful…

Interpreting the Language of Accounting
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Interpreting the Language of Accounting

For my wife’s and my 25th wedding anniversary, our family went to France. Paris, Provence, Chamonix and on the way back to Paris to catch our flight home, we went to the cathedral in Reims. The one with the Chagall stained glass and where Joan of Arc was to be crowned by King Charles in 1429…

What Would Rockefeller Do?
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What Would Rockefeller Do?

Every business owner has a big vision for their company and wants to make it happen. However, most don’t follow a unified strategy to get there. Leaders often have trouble pulling the trigger on spending money on people or new strategies because they don’t understand what their numbers are telling them.     Many business owners haven’t…

Accounting is the Language of Business
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Accounting is the Language of Business

“Accounting is the language of business, and you must learn it like a language…To be successful at business, you have to understand the underlying financial values of the business.”  –Warren Buffett  Time after time in my banking career I met with thousands of business owners who were looking for loans. Frequently, it became apparent that they had…

3 Tips to Nail Your Loan Request Meeting with Your Bank
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3 Tips to Nail Your Loan Request Meeting with Your Bank

Growth always requires cash. Whether a business is expanding into new markets, growing their current offerings, or being bought out by current employees or a strategic buyer, funds are always required.  Sometimes a company may have the cash on hand to cover these plans and goals, but more often, financing is needed. But approaching a…

Going From Employee to Employer: Do You Have What It Takes?
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Going From Employee to Employer: Do You Have What It Takes?

In the Great Recession, I went from being an employee in banking to being an employer and launching my own business. Upheaval has become the new normal as the pandemic led many to reevaluate their jobs and more. In the Great Resignation, 4 million workers have quit their jobs so far. This could signal a change in thinking,…

5 Ways to Cultivate an Entrepreneurial Mindset
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5 Ways to Cultivate an Entrepreneurial Mindset

For anyone who’s thinking about becoming an entrepreneur, whether you’re just out of school or fed up with corporate America and are inspired to “go for it”, this blog is for you. Remember, mindset first, then skill set. Having the right mindset will get you further than simply checking the boxes of certain skills. So,…

A Tale of Two Mindsets: Can You Really Improve Cash?
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A Tale of Two Mindsets: Can You Really Improve Cash?

Every business owner dreams of a business with lots of cash and positive cash flow. With this type of business, the owner can reinvest in the business, take distributions, and pay off debt. The options are endless. The problem is, most business owners don’t know which levers to pull in their business to increase cash….

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